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Fleet-footed defender offers a strong transitional game.


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May 2022 – Rafferty put forth a strong  year with San Diego, but was never called up to the big club. At the age of 26, his slim window has probably closed. – Dobber

July 2021 – As expected, Rafferty, who was not given his day in Vancouver, has officially signed a one-year deal with the Anaheim Ducks. Dave Hall

June 2021 – Despite finishing third in defenceman scoring with 45 points in his first and only AHL campaign, Rafferty has yet to be given a true sniff at the NHL level. He spent the 2020-21 season glued to the club’s Taxi Squad, slotting in for just a single game during that time. He registered an assist but failed to impress the coaching enough to warrant a second look. There is obvious frustration at the moment, given that he was promised an opportunity when he signed as an NCAA free agent. Obviously, with just a single game on his resume, despite a struggling defensive core, that shot has yet to be given. The now 26-year-old will have the option of walking away in search of consistent NHL game action. Dave Hall

March 2020 – Rafferty concluded his first career pro season by producing 45 points in 57 games. That mark led all first-year blueliners and sat third overall for defenders in the AHL. The soon-to-be 25-year-old is nearly a finished product at this point. With the Canucks in tough to qualify or extend RFA, Troy Stecher this summer, Rafferty may just have his opportunity to see third-pairing minutes in 2020-21. His skillset will be useful on the man-advantage. He could be a sneaky depth add in draft next fall. Cam Robinson

December 2019 – It’s been one hell of a start to a professional career for the 24-year-old. Rafferty has stepped right into the AHL and been impactful. His 22 points in 27 contests lead all blueliners and he’s been showcasing the great skating and play-creation on a nightly basis. The late-bloomer is proving he was worth the free-agent contract and appears close to earning an NHL look in the New Year. For a club lacking in defensive prospects, Rafferty is making a push for the top of the heap despite joining the organization with a dearth of fanfare. Cam Robinson

April 2019 – The right-shot blueliner completed his third season at Quinnipiac and signed a one-year entry-level deal with the Canucks – the max length for a player his age. He’ll become a restricted free agent on July 1st. Rafferty played forward until his draft-eligible campaign before shifting to the blueline. He was also late to develop physically, as he stood 5’6 until around that time as well. This season, the late-bloomer posted an NCAA career-high in goals (4) and penalty minutes (60) while matching his freshman point total of 24 points. Expect the soon-to-be 24-year-old to see an NHL game or two in this last week of play. Cam Robinson

Fantasy Upside 6.0
NHL Certainty 4.0
Country USA
Position D
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth May 28, 1995
Height 6‘2”
Weight 192 lbs
Drafted No


 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2012-2013 Team Illinois 18U AAAHPHL 18U31 1 78 6|        
  Kansas City Scouts NAHL1 1 12 0|        
 2013-2014 Coulee Region Chill NAHL53 3 1922 55|        
 2014-2015 Coulee Region Chill NAHL56 4 2832 50|Playoffs5 1 01
 2015-2016 Central Illinois Flying AcesUSHL60 2 2628 30|Playoffs10 3 69
 2016-2017 Quinnipiac Univ.NCAA40 2 2224 18|        
 2017-2018 Quinnipiac Univ.NCAA38 4 1317 22|        
 2018-2019 Quinnipiac Univ.NCAA38 4 2024 60|